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Mick Wilkes
Mick Wilkes

Independent Non-Executive Chair

BEng(Hons), MAusIMM, MAICD

Mick Wilkes is an experienced mining executive and company director with more than 35 years of broad international mining experience coupled with a successful track record of leading the development and operation of greenfield mines.

Most recently in his executive career, Mick was the President and CEO of dual listed (ASX and TSX) OceanaGold Corporation (ASX: OCG) from 2011 to 2020 where he led the transformation from a single asset junior company to a multinational mid-tier producer with four operations across three countries.

In previous roles he was the Executive General Manager of Operations at OZ Minerals responsible for the development of the Prominent Hill copper/gold project in South Australia and General Manager of the Sepon gold/copper project for Oxiana based in Laos.

Mick is currently a Non-Executive Chair of Kingston Resources Limited (ASX: KSN), Non- Executive Director of Matador Mining Ltd (ASX: MZZ); Non-Executive Director of Dacian GoldLtd (ASX: DCN); and a member of the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s Advisory Board at the University of Queensland. He was previously the Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Administration Committee of the World Gold Council.

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James Marsh
Managing Director
BSc (Hons), MAusIMM

James Marsh is a highly qualified kaolin specialist with more than 30 years’ industrial minerals experience, including notable, senior technical and marketing roles with two global market leaders.

With experience at all levels of the industry from laboratory development through to market listing, James has been instrumental in developing new applications and markets for kaolin around the world.

James spent fifteen years working as Technical Manager for Imerys Minerals, the world leader in industrial minerals with a focus on kaolin, where he successfully assisted in developing and commercialising several new grades from projects around the world.

He then worked for nine years with Minerals Corporation in Australia as Marketing and Technical Director commercialising kaolin products from Australia and China, and setting up a global network for sales and distribution.

James then spent seven years as Business Development Manager for Active Minerals International, a worldwide leader in the production and marketing of kaolin and attapulgite minerals.

Uniquely qualified in all aspects of the kaolin industry, James is passionate about leveraging his experience to deliver a world-class industrial minerals business.

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Joseph Ranford
Executive Operations Director
BEng (Mining), MBA, Grad Dip (Business Management), FAusIMM, GAICD, WA 1st Class Mine Manager.

Joe Ranford is a mining engineer with 25 years’ senior management experience across both domestic and international mining companies. Joe has significant experience bringing mining operations into production within sensitive communities and considerable knowledge of the South Australian mining approval process and stakeholder landscape. Most recently, he held the role as Chief Operating Officer for Nordic Gold Inc., a Canadian based company which was the previous owner of the Laiva Gold Mine in Finland, where he re-established mining operations and brought the project back into production from care and maintenance.

Prior to his role at Nordic Gold Inc, Joe was Operations Manager for Terramin Australia Limited where he managed all operational and technical aspects of the Angas Zinc mine and championed the evaluation and approval processes for the Bird in Hand Gold Project

Joe is focused on bringing the deposits of the Great White Kaolin Project on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula project into production. Growing up in the region, Joe has genuine understanding and respect for the local community and wants to continue building partnerships based on creating shared value.

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Andrew Shearer
Non-Executive Director
Chair, Remuneration Committee
B.SC (Geology), Hons. (Geophysics), MBA

Andrew has been involved in the mining and finance industries for 20 years. Coupled with geoscience and finance qualifications he has experience from exploration through to production. A Non-Executive Director with Andromeda, Andrew also holds company director positions with Investigator Resources and Resolution Minerals.

Andrew has been exposed to the global resources sector covering micro to mid-cap resources stocks; from exploration to producing companies, across a broad suite of commodities. He has held senior roles in the mining and finance industries with Pac Partners, Phillip Capital, Austock, the South Australian Government, Mount Isa Mines and Glengarry Resources.

Andrew will leverage a strong track-record in mining and finance to bring Andromeda’s valuable deposits into production.

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Melissa Holzberger
Non-Executive Director
Chair, Audit & Risk Committee
LLM Resources Law (Distinction) (Scotland), Dip. Int. Nuclear Law (Hons) (France), LLB (Adel), BA (Adel), GDLP, GAICD, FGIA

Melissa is an experienced director and mining lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the international energy and resources sector.

Melissa brings a deep understanding of mining projects and operations having previously worked with BHP and Rio Tinto. Her substantial experience extends to highly regulated industries, international commodity trade, corporate ethics, risk and compliance oversight, together with a focus on environment, social and governance (ESG) matters.

Melissa is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Paladin Energy Ltd (ASX: PDN); and a member of the Federal Government’s Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency’s Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council.

Melissa holds a Master of Laws in Resources Law (Distinction) as a Chevening Scholar from the University of Dundee, Scotland; a Diploma in International Law (Hons) from the University of Montpellier, France; and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide. In addition, she is a graduate of the University of Oxford’s Leading Sustainable Corporations; a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. In 2006, Ms Holzberger was awarded the Telstra South Australian Young Businesswoman of the Year which recognised her contributions and leadership in the energy, resources and business community.

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Austen Perrin
Non-Executive Director
B. Econ. (Acc.), CA, GAICD

Austen Perrin is currently a non executive director with AJ Lucas Group Limited and up until recently a non executive director for Round Oak Minerals Pty Limited. Austen currently chairs the Audit and Risk Committee for AJ Lucas and previously for Round Oak Minerals Pty Limited.

Austen previously worked as a group CFO/Finance Director for large ASX/ NZX Companies for nearly 20 years. He previously held the group CFO roles for the AJ Lucas Group, Whitehaven Coal, Asciano, Pacific National and Toll NZ Limited.

Austen has had significant experience in developing capital management strategies and financing solutions to support corporate objectives including development of key infrastructure and transport projects and underground coal mines. He has a breadth of experience gained in a variety of industries including transport and logistics, ports, road and rail infrastructure, coal, copper and gold mining, unconventional shale gas, mining services, oil, gas and water pipeline construction, general building construction and insurance.

He has been a charted accountant for over 33 years and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Andrea Betti
Company Secretary
BCom, MBA, Grad Dip (Corporate Governance), Grad Dip (Applied Finance and Investment)

Andrea Betti is a corporate governance professional with over 20 years' experience in accounting, corporate governance, finance and corporate banking.

She has acted as Company Secretary for companies in the private and publicly listed sectors. Andrea is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and an associate member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Andrea is currently a Director of a corporate advisory company based in Perth that provides corporate and other advisory services to publicly listed companies. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and a Masters of Business Administration.